Teenager Charged With Torture Offences After 20 Kangaroos And Joeys Were Savagely Killed
A teenager has been charged with torture offences after being accused of killing up to 20 kangaroos on the New South Wales far south coast.
Authorities and animal welfare carers were shocked when the carcasses of more than a dozen roos were found in Merimbula over the weekend.
An investigation was started into the matter, with police believing someone used their car to deliberately run into the marsupials.
Bega Valley Officer in Charge, Inspector Peter Volf, said acts of animal cruelty would not be tolerated by police.
"We take incidents such as these very seriously and anyone who engages in activities such as these will face the full brunt of the law."
The 19-year-old has been charged with torture, beat etc and cause death of animal. Prosecutors will allege the teen used a ute during the savage incident.
Veteran WIRES volunteer Janine Green came across the crime scene, telling 7News.com.au: "Until you see it you can't grasp the reality of it. People were just horrified, and when we took the bodies away, seeing them on the back of the ute was heartbreaking.
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"I have never seen anything like it...20 kangaroos is a large amount and to hit that number must have done real damage to the vehicle."
She says three joeys have been orphaned because of the incident.
The man has been granted conditional bail to appear before Bega Local Court on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
The penalty for a crime like this can be pretty severe. A South Australian bloke was sentenced to more than a month behind bars earlier this year after he mowed down a mob of emus with his ute.
Jacob MacDonald uploaded a video of him plowing through the animals near the Victorian-South Australia border and it didn't take too long for the clip to go viral on social media.
Police began an investigation and eventually charged him last year with several offences including including aggravated cruelty to animals.
The 20-year-old ended up killing 10 emus during his rampage, which saw him get up to speeds of 120km/h, and has since been sentenced to 42 days in jail.
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